Card Duo



I have two simple cards cards to share.  Both use the same stamped image with different sentiments.  I thought I’d create something a little different than my usual style.

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SUPPLIES Stamps: Sprigs (30-284) Dies: Hello Frame (51-040); Wishes (51-036) Color: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberries, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Queens Gold EP (Ranger); Versamark Ink; Wink of Stella Clear; Sequins

Both cards have an image stamped on black cardstock from the clear set Sprigs (30-284) which was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the image numerous times in different lengths and angles.

I then colored a small piece of white card stock with various hues of red and pink Distress Ink coloring from dark to light.  I sprinkled a little of water to add interest and allowed to dry.  I die cut two sentiments from Hello Frame (51-040) and Wishes (51-036).  I die cut the sentiments several times from black cardstock and adhered to the colored die cut to add thickness.  Sequins were also added as a final touch.

Until next time….


You Rule!


I have another teacher’s card to share.  I made this for my daughter’s 6th grade Language Arts teacher.  He retired this year .  He was well loved among the students including my daughter.  She was so disappointed when she found out knowing her brother won’t experience the “awesomeness” (her words) of his class.



SUPPLIES Stamps: Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches); A Good Apple (Lawn Fawn) Color: Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko); Prismacolor Pencils Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Patterned Paper.

I used two teacher clear sets for htis card:  Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches) and You Rule (Lawn Fun).  The stack of books were masked to make them higher.  I colored and cut the teacher/professor on a separate piece of cardstock and adhered the image on the panel with dimensional foam.  I also added glossy accents on the spectacles for dimension and fun!

Have a great weekend!



Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours, I hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday season.  It truly is my favorite time of the year even with all the hustle and bustle.  This week we are spending time with family.

I wanted to share one more card for the year.  I love how the background came out so serene.




SUPPLIES Stamps: Swanky Snowflakes (Paper Smooches); Let it Snow (Lawn Fawn) Dies: Landscrape Trio (Mama Elephant) Colour: Prismacolor Pencils, Soft Leaf, Field Greens, Green Hills Mid Tone (HA); Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Ranger); Gathered Twigs Distress Marker (Ranger); Picket Fence Distress Spain Stray (Ranger); Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT)


Enjoy until next year!


…in the magic

Hi there!

Today’s card is featuring another Mimi image from this year’s release.  For this card the very ethereal (and cute) Fairy Dust (4399J).


SUPPLIES Stamps: Fairy Dust (4399J); Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches) Dies: Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant): Stencils: Confetti (Heidi Swapp) Colour Medium: Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Tattered Rose; Broken China, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger); Pearlescent Watercolor Set (Yasutomo); Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Set (Sakura); Gold Wink of Stella Pen (Zing)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Fairy Dust (4399J); Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches) Dies: Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant): Stencils: Confetti (Heidi Swapp) Colo : Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko);Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Tattered Rose; Broken China, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger); Pearlescent Watercolor Set (Yasutomo); Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Set (Sakura); Gold Wink of Stella Pen (Zing); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)

I love so many aspects of the image: her long flowing hair, the flowers in her hair and her wings – my favorite.

I wanted to use watercolor on this Mimi.  I stamped and embossed the image on Bristol paper.  Her wings were the first that I wanted to color.  They reminded me of a pattern you would see on a Tiffany lamp.  I pressed Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Tattered Rose Distress Ink on a craft sheet and use these colors as my palette.  The outside center was colored with a bronze colored pearlescent watercolor.  Once I finished her wings, I colored the rest of Mimi, fussy cut her and set her aside.

For the background, I decided to add Tumbled Glass to the front of my cardbase and then added random stars using the Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil.  The colors I used for the stars were Broken China and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  I then created hills using Landscape Trio from Mama Elephant.

The hills were adhered to my cardbase.  I then added Mimi with dimensional foam.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment from Paper Smooches Joyful Greetings and added more shine to Mimi’s want using a gold WInk of Stella Pen.

Hope you’re having a great week!





The Best is Yet to Come


I wanted to share a card that I made a few months back for my daughter.  When the school year begins, I always like to tuck a card of love and encouragement for her to look at in her backpack.  She keeps in a small pocket the whole year.


SUPPLIES Stamps Up and Away (Mama Elephant Dies: Up and Away (Mama Elephant; Super 2 Dies (Paper Smooches) Color Mediums Prismacolor Pencils; Black Tuxedo Memento Ink (Tsukineko); Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts); Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shaded Lila Distress Ink (Ranger) Other Mini Ink Applicator (Ranger); Dimensional Foam (3M); Blackboard Chalk Paper (DCWV)

SUPPLIES Stamps Up and Away (Mama Elephant) Dies: Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Super 2 Dies (Paper Smooches) Color Mediums Prismacolor Pencils; Black Tuxedo Memento Ink (Tsukineko); Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts); Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shaded Lila Distress Ink (Ranger) Other Mini Ink Applicator (Ranger); Dimensional Foam (3M); Blackboard Chalk Paper (DCWV)

I love all the cutesy characters from Mama Elephant and wanted to use this image for her. The bokeh looking background was created by using the Ranger Mini Ink Applicator and alternately dabbing hues of blue Distress Ink  directly as a circle onto the card panel.

She loved it.  Always great to see her smile.

Haven’t played along in a challenge for so long.  I am including this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You.

Take care!


Thank You Notes


I have a few thank you notes to share with you today.

The last few weeks of school are always hectic.  This year was no exception.  I actually thought I planned well ahead to purchase/create gifts for kids’ teachers and then to create teacher themed cards for them.  That, unfortunately, never came to frution.

I usually like to make a baked item for the teachers.  This year, I made sour cream pound cake and cream cheese pound cake for them.  I also baked 2 batches of honey buttermilk biscuits.  With the biscuits, I also gave the teachers either a jar of honey or a jar of jam in the gift bag.  Yes, a lot of baking.  But I wanted to ensure that all my children’s teachers (all 8) had a special treat.

I needed to make quick and simple cards for the teachers since there were only 3 days left of school.   Since I had to make them “quick”, I knew I couldn’t spend any time doing any detailed coloring or adding many layers.  I recently purchased a few stamp sets from the new company Altenew.  I thought I’d use the very cute Ori Kami set.  I drew inspiration from this card and this card.




Here’s how I made these cards.  I used patterned paper similar to designs found on origami paper.  The designs should be tight – with not a lot of empty space.  I stamped the elephant (becuase it’s just too adorable) and the crane on the selected paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then added clear EP and then heat set.  I stamped, in total, 16 images – 2 images for each card.

The next step was the most time consuming as I had to fussy cut each image.  To save some time, I cut them when I was on the school carpool line.  And my dear daughter (who LOVES origami) cut the rest for me.  Once that was done, I cut the second image for each card into several pieces.  I wanted to create a 3D effect of the image. For the crane, I cut the entire middle portion.  For the elephant, I cut the tail, the head and the front leg.  I then added these pieces to each respective whole image using foam tape.

I cut 8 CS panels (about 3.75 x 5.25″).  I then added color to each panel using various ink sprays.  I used inks that would complement each image.  Once the panels were dry, I added a “thank-you” sentiment.  In these cards, I used Mama Elephant’s Many Thanks  and Paper Smooches Word Up.  I then mounted my panel onto the card and then added my origami image onto the card panel.

Here’s one of my elephant cards.


The following are my crane cards.

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I was very pleased on how quick it was to assemble (well, after all that fussy cutting).  Just so simple and so elegant.

Until next time!

You. Me. Oui.


My husband and I recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.   We couldn’t really celebrate since it was batting practice for my son’s team (and my husband is coach) that evening and I was preparing for my parents’ imminent arrival.  But no fear, we had a quiet celebration w/ homemade pizza and caught up to Game of Thrones.

Of course, I made him a card.  And here it is.


SUPPLIES Stamps Pandamonium (Mama Elephant); Superscript (Altenew); Smiten (Mama Elephant) Dies: Quotables (Paper Smooches); Mini Hearts Set (SSS) Ink  Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko); Copic Markers Other Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger) Snippets Patterned Paper (Studio Calico)

SUPPLIES Stamps Pandamonium (Mama Elephant); Superscript (Altenew); Smitten (Mama Elephant) Dies: Quotables (Paper Smooches); Mini Hearts Set (SSS) Ink Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko); Copic Markers Other Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger) Snippets Patterned Paper (Studio Calico)

I wanted to make something bright and colorful as well as whimsical.

I first stamped the 2 panda images from Pandamonium on white CS using black onyx Versafine ink.  I heat embossed with clear EP then fussy cut the images.  On scratch white CS, I scribbled several hues of red and then die cut hearts from this colored area.  I set the cut pandas and hearts aside.

I really love the latest trend of script font sentiments.  They can either stand alone or complement another sentiment.  On white CS measured to 4.25″ width, I stamped a script image from the ubercool stamp set from Altenew, Superscript with black onyx Versafine ink.  I then heat embossed with clear EP.  To complement the image, I used a sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Smitten.  Once all stamped and dried, I die cut the sentiments using one of the dies from Paper SmoochesQuotables.

I then prepared the card base.  I trimmed craft paper to measure the front of the card.  I then adhered my sentiment quote on the top of the card base with dimensional foam.  I then added the pandas and then the hearts.  Glossy accents were added to the hearts.

My husband loved it (of course 🙂

Hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend!


Happy Barkday

Hi there.

My husband’s birthday was last week and, of course, I made a card.

I like to make whimsical cards for him.  So I thought I’d use a image from the Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies.



SUPPLIES Stamps Birthday Buddies (Paper Smooches) Dies Tipped Top Dies (PTI) Inks Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts); London Blue Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Teal Color Shine Ink Spray (Heidi Swapp); Prismacolor Pencils Other Glossy Accents (Ranger); Dimensional Foam (3M)

My son has been bugging us for a dog.   We are eventually going to relent since the both of us want one as well.  I thought it appropriate to use the dog image with the matching sentiment.   The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut.  I also added Glossy Accents to the birthday hat.

The “hello” is from PTI’s Tip Top Die set.  I die cut it multiple times, layered it and then added Glossy Accents.  On the CS panel, I sprayed blue ink spray just to give it some interest rather than a stark white background.

I then assembled the card.  After taking the picture, I decided to add a googly eye for the dog.  My husband loved it as well as the chocolate mousse cake I made for him.

Enjoy your week!



Now & Forever


My son’s math and social studies teacher is getting married this month and the moms in his grade threw a bridal shower.  Of course, I made a card!


SUPPLIES Stamps Mini Blooms (PTI); We Connect (Paper Smooches) Inks: Chipped Sapphire Distres Paint (Ranger); various Midtone Inks (HA) Dies: Mini Bloom Dies (PTI) Other Versamark (Tsukineko); Queen's Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Foil Paper (DCWV); Washi Tap (Michaels); Gesso (Golden)

SUPPLIES Stamps Mini Blooms (PTI); We Connect (Paper Smooches) Inks Chipped Sapphire Distres Paint (Ranger); various Midtone Inks (HA) Dies Mini Bloom Dies (PTI) Other Versamark (Tsukineko); Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Foil Paper (DCWV); Washi Tap (Michaels); Gesso (Golden); Bristol Paper (Strathmore)


Tell me you’re one of those people who hoard stamps from various companies and never use them!?  Well, that’s me.  I love PTI’s Mini Blooms set.  Just cute and elegant flowers.  I die cut the flowers several times until I had an idea of how I wanted to arrange them on the card.  I stamped each size flower with the same color and put them aside.

On Bristol cardstock, I added gesso to a card panel.  Once dry, I heavily covered the panel with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I LOVE the watercolor paper Gayatri used in this card and I wanted to mimic it.  At the time I didn’t have Black Soot Distress ink, so I chose my darkest blue for the background.  I just love the color variation.  Once dried, I mounted the panel on gold foil paper.

I then embossed a sentiment from Paper Smooches We Connect using Queen’s Gold embossing powder.  I then added the card panel to the base and then arranged the flowers.  I also a bit of washi tape as well.

Thanks for visiting!




Thank You Teacher Tags

Hi All,

Just a quick post.  Today was the last day of school for my kids (hooray!).  And as always, I gave each teacher a little treat as a thank you for inspiring my kids throughout the year.  I usually bake an item as part of their gift.  And this year was carrot cake!  I packaged them up in tissue paper and put them in gift bags (bought in bulk) I purchased from Michaels.

I just wanted to share the tags that I created for the gifts.  I wanted to make each teacher a card but time simply ran out.


Sorry for the pics.  I took them right before the kids brought them to school today.  Hopefully, you get an idea of what they look like and how I made them.

To create the tags, I used PTI’s Tag Sale #3 die for all three tags shown.  I masked around the stitched border just using post-it notes to keep the image inside the stitching.  Images and sentiments that I used came from Paper Smooches Smarty Pants and Lawn Fawn A Good Apple – perfect sets to make teacher thank you notes.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig (a must have) to make one continuous clean line of images on a few of the tags.  Images were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and I also dabbed glossy accents on one of the apples and the professor’s tie.  Easy peasy.  I created 5 tags in total and I was done (whew!).

Take care!